Wujal Wujal is located approximately 30km north of Cape Tribulation and 60km south of Cooktown. Access to the community is via an unsurfaced track road which is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles due to the gradient of the terrain and the many streams and rivers that make up the Daintree Drainage Basin. During the wet season the road is unpassable. Because of
the town’s isolation, the kids are often bored and engaging in anti-social behaviour.
A multi-media training program has been implemented using the funds raised by Sebel Pier One and Harbour Rocks Hotels. The aim is to engage the young people of the Wujal Wujal Community to partake in healthy activities that build self-esteem and a
sense of belonging and connectedness to their culture. The program not only provides arts activities for children and young people, but it is also linked to professional development and employment opportunities of local Indigenous artists.
The participants have been capturing their community’s local stories and developing scripts. Some of the participants have started developing music for the film’s soundtrack. Weather permitting, participants have been filming aspects of community life
using a variety of different techniques and equipment types.
A short film has been compiled of the footage that was captured in the first few weeks of the training program. The quality of the footage is low but it was an opportunity for the kids to see what they have shot and learn how they may improve on their filming techniques. It will also be used for the school kids, to inspire their imaginations to come up with some more ideas for using the
cameras as well as take them onto the next steps of learning how to edit.